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        02-23-2008, 10:28 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Are you riding western or english? If english you can roll the stirrup leathers around the iron to shorten them, if western, get a better different saddle!
         
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        02-25-2008, 11:28 AM
      #12
    Foal
    That's unfortunate that you've been told a new rider and a new saddle is too much at once.

    If the old saddle doesn't fit the new rider, it's going to make the horse's experience with a different rider WORSE not better. If you are uncomfortable in the saddle, the horse won't be comfortable either, and that's not good!

    I understand this may not be something you can address with the trainer depending on your position, but just wanted to point out that not changing the saddle could do more harm than good for the young horse.
         
        02-25-2008, 10:03 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I think I'm going to just have to get the guts to say something. Especially now that I'm going to be working in the stable a lot more and practically training the horses that he owns because he doesn't have the time to do it himself. You can bet I'll be using my saddle then :P
         
        02-27-2008, 03:18 PM
      #14
    Started
    I rode in college and we rode ALOT of young horses and the way to get up to have better balance and feeling of the horse we rode in saddles but were lounged and did lots of exercises without having anything to hold onto ... and we had to clothes our eyes too ... try dropping your stirrups as well and getting them back, this improves your balance as well .. good luck! Let me know if any of that helps!
         
        02-27-2008, 07:56 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by karley.hall
    i rode in college and we rode ALOT of young horses and the way to get up to have better balance and feeling of the horse we rode in saddles but were lounged and did lots of exercises without having anything to hold onto ... and we had to clothes our eyes too ... try dropping your stirrups as well and getting them back, this improves your balance as well .. good luck! Let me know if any of that helps!
    I might try that with some of the colts that have been there for more than a month.... closing my eyes though... I don't think I trust them that much..... especially since the first few rides they enjoy running me into the fence I tend to drop my stirrups a lot when they are 2 inches too long!! Sometimes I just drop them and ride with no stirrups..... but sssshhhh it's a secret..... I'd be in trouble if my trainer found out!!
         
        02-27-2008, 08:36 PM
      #16
    Started
    Yeah trust might be a key ingredient! Lol
         
        02-27-2008, 08:41 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by karley.hall
    yeah trust might be a key ingredient! Lol
    usually, I like to know that when I open my eyes I won't see a semi coming at me
         
        02-28-2008, 01:46 PM
      #18
    Started
    Ahhhhh a semi in the arena ... scary! Lol
         
        02-28-2008, 07:58 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    We live by the highway... and some of the horses actually knock the fence OVER!! I'm like how do you do that? It's in the ground.... but the manage it and then I get to go on a great chase trying to catch them before the get to the highway :roll: always the highway....... why not the fields or the middle of nowhere??
         

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